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Events · 30th January 2014
Robin Beaton
Family Literacy Day on Quadra Island was a success. More than forty young children attended with their parents, grandparents and caregivers. Almost 100 children from Quadra Elementary School attended with their teachers.
Many young children donned fire fighter, police officer and safety hats to climb into the child size ambulance and rescue helicopter to imagine, negotiate, collaborate, cooperate, all essential elements of play. They tried dressing up in a fire fighter’s jacket, boots and helmet under the watchful eyes of two young Emergency Responders. Children explored painting on leaves, nature prints, and fabric crafts. Some became puppeteers with their own stories at the puppet theatre. Many children made a nature critter of cones, feathers, googly eyed chestnuts, bark, leaves and shells. They explored new materials, made choices, made plans and experimented. Each young child took home a storybook and a bag of early learning resources that included scissors, crayons, paper and an article about the importance of developing fine motor skills along with website links for further information.
Groups of children from the school experienced a variety of activities for 15 minutes of “Fun”, this year’s theme for Family Literacy Day. They went to Story Yoga where they played yoga games and stretched to ocean themed yoga poses with lots of movement and laughs had by all.
In Sing for Pure Joy, the children sang action songs in a circle. They internalized some of the lyrics and were overjoyed when they managed to come in on time and on pitch!
At Storytelling, one of the stories they heard was 'The Magic Quiltmaker' and children were eager to share stories about the quilts on their own beds.
In Theatre games, they imagined, thought outside of the box and expressed themselves in movement.
An amazing array of nature critters adorned with moss, fungus and leaves emerged from the Critter Craft centre. Students took these back to their classrooms to write notes and imagine stories about them. The writing and imagined stories went home to be shared with parents.
Thanks to Thom Knutson for hosting a display from the V.I. Regional Library. Enthusiastic volunteers helped to make the day a success. Thank you to Mary Dennison, Doni Laird, Deb Twemlow, Margo Wood , Kris Wellstein, Judy O’Dell, Susan Wilson, Dee McPhee, Diana McKerracher, Kathy Young, Marcy Wolter, Sue Anderson, Petra Du Toit, Sioux Hartle, Gloria Rolfsen, Stacey Neilson, Jane Townley, Anne Doolittle, Tracey Sinclair, Erin Rowsell, Sarah Bible and Bob Lloyd.